Connecting the World Trial

Connecting with the World is a training course for international professionals coordinated by the Institute of International Education. The course currently offers training to education professionals and Ministry officials from Myanmar, giving them the tools to develop and manage an international office.

What is internationalization?


Goals for this lesson:

1)Define internationalization

2)List components of internationalization

3)Understand the role of leadership and strategy in internationalization


Internationalization is…

“The process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions, and delivery of post-secondary education.”

Goals of Internationalization:

Increase the prestige of the university

Maintain national competitiveness economically and politically

Prepare students

•for jobs in the global economy

•to make a difference on complex global issues

•For intercultural understanding and peace among the world’s people

Components of Internationalization

Some of the most common approaches are:


•Study abroad

•International students

•Visiting scholars

•Faculty research and conferences

•Partnerships with international universities

At-Home and Cross-Border

At-Home Internationalization Cross-Border Internationalization 
Curriculum Study abroad
Foreign languages International students
Events on campus Faculty international research & international conferences
Intercultural training International partnerships 


Internationalizing the Curriculum


  • Course content focuses on international topics
  • Readings from authors from varied countries
  • Case studies about varied countries
  • Guest speakers from varied cultural backgrounds


  • Require all students to take some courses with international focus
  • Require study abroad
  • Require study of a foreign language


  • Same as above, except required for all students at the institution, not just a single degree program

Importance of Strategy and Leadership

Internationalization is most successful when:

1)The top administration of the university is supportive.

2)While the international office coordinates internationalization, all departments must take responsibility for contributing.

3)There should be a strategic plan for internationalization.

Future Lessons

  • Partnerships
  • Strategy
  • Resources
  • Hosting delegations
  • Student mobility
  • Scholar mobility
  • Collaborative degrees


Inter-Association Network on Campus Internationalization

Internationalizing Higher Education: NAFSA

IAU Global Survey Executive Summary

What is your professional and personal background?

What international or intercultural experience do you have?

Please describe your institution.

What interests you most about internationalization?